Staff Reporter

Another identical case becomes murder case after 12 years, say Tirunelveli police

TIRUNELVELI: The Police Superintendent’s special team has unearthed two murder cases, which were actually treated and registered 15 years ago as ‘men missing cases.’

Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, P. Kannappan, said P. Arunachalam of Seevalaperi went missing in April 1994 and his parents, who could not get any useful information about the whereabouts of their son, believed that Arunachalam might have moved to Kerala in search of job.

Against this back drop, the youth’s mother P. Subbulakshmi received an anonymous letter in 2006 saying that Arunachalam had been murdered by some persons from Keezhapaattam.

As Mr. Kannappan came to know about this pending case, the SP’s special teams led by Special Branch Inspector Kuppusamy, Srinivasan and Shahul Hameed, both Sub-Inspectors, swung into action.

Enmity over selling illicit arrack

The investigation revealed that M. Chellappa (50) of Maettu Piraancherry and A. Palani of Nochchikulam had murdered Arunachalam as they developed enmity over selling illicit arrack and buried the body with the help of their relatives C. Narayanan (31) of Keezhapaattam, G. Malaiyappan (31), G. Sanyaasi (39), A. Chelladurai and S. Chelladurai alias ‘Thozhar’ Chelladurai.

All the seven were arrested.

Went missing 12 years ago

In another incident, T. Krishnan of Mela Arugankulam went missing about 12 years ago. When his sister T. Petchiyammal came to know that Krishnan’s gold ring had been pledged in the Canara Bank at Gangaikondan, she filed a police complaint.

During investigation, the special team found that Krishnan’s father-in-law Vadivu (since deceased) and brother-in-law Palavesam had murdered Krishnan, a drunkard.

“After tying a boulder with the body, Vadivu and Palavesam flung it in an unused well near Gangaikondan and Vadivu told her daughter Sudali that her husband had gone to some far off cities in search of job. The police arrested Palavesam for this murder,” Mr. Kannappan said.

Superintendent of Police Asra Garg was present.